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Crystal Kolden, PhD

Fire Ecologist

 

SUMMARY

 

I am a Certified Fire Ecologist and fire scientist with over 20 years of experience implementing GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis in fire ecology and management, including fire science research, education, and outreach.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

2010 PhD Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2005 MS Geography, University of Nevada, Reno

1999 BA History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFICIENCIES

 

Firefighter Type II, Fire Technical Specialist, Certified Fire Ecologist, ESRI/ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, IDRISI, FARSITE, FLAMMAP, BEHAVEPlus, WindNinja, FireFamilyPlus, FIREMON

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor of Geography and Certified Fire Ecologist

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (August 2010 present)

 Conduct research and outreach in fire hazard analysis, wildland fire management and remote sensing of wildfire and vegetation

 Teach courses in fire, GIS, and remote sensing

 

Landscape Ecologist

US Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska (2007 2010)

 Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach in support of BLM, NPS, USFWS, and Alaska Fire Service fire management efforts

 

Research Assistant

Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada (2003-2006)

Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach.

 

Fire Ecologist

USDA Forest Service, Nevada City, California (2003-2006)

 Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach in support of agency management objectives

 Taught courses in GIS and fire behavior modeling for fuel treatment effectiveness assessment

 

GIS Technician

Synergy Resource Solutions, Inc., Reno, Nevada (2001-2002)

 

Environmental Resource Information Specialist

Jones and Stokes Consulting, Inc. (2000-2001)

 

Wildland Firefighter

USDA Forest Service, Placerville, California (1999-2000)